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Health and legal checks

All Faculty of Health Sciences’ students enrolled in a Clinical Practice unit are required under the Department of Health’s Clinical Practice Agreement to submit proof of the mandatory health and legal clearances. Health checks are detailed on the Health Sciences website and summarised below, together with all other mandatory checks.

Email copies of all completed forms to the Clinical Support Office:


Important Information

New to course:

  • NURSING – an official communication (OCC) will be sent to students with the deadline for all Health and Legal Checks.
  • MIDWIFERY – students commence clinical practice in their first semester and need to complete all Health and Legal Checks prior to Semester 1.
  • PARAMEDICINE – students commence volunteering with St John Ambulance WA in Semester 1 and need to meet the EFAS requirements for volunteering prior to commencing. Paramedic clinical practice commences in the third semester and students need to complete all Health and Legal checks prior to the end of Semester 2.

WARNINGIf you are unable to provide evidence for all items listed below you will not be given a clinical placement. You need to comply with the cut-off date for submission as supplied by the clinical office each semester to ensure a clinical placement.


Useful Information

  • Curtin Health Services, Bldg 109 on Bentley Campus, are familiar with the particular requirements. Immunisation and TB testing can also be arranged via your local GP.
  • Health and Legal Checklist (updated October 2016) – this form may assist you in tracking completion of the requirements.
  • If you have any queries regarding the checks, please contact the Clinical Support Office.

Note: Curtin students undertaking approved work/field experience may be covered under the University’s Personal Accident Insurance Policy in the event of injuries sustained while involved in authorised activities.


Criminal Screening

Check with each provider for the current cost.

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INFORMATION / HOW TO OBTAINREQUIREMENTSADDITIONAL INFORMATION /
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National Police Certificate
Time: 5 working days in most cases
You are required to apply in person at a participating (Bank@Post) Australia Post outlet and provide proof of identification, based on the 100-point check used by banks.

Application forms and further information is available on-line or at participating Australia Post Outlets. Please complete, but do not sign, your application form as this must be witnessed by an Australia Post Officer. Completed forms are to be lodged at an Australia Post office.
A valid National Police Certificate (NPC) is required to accompany your Department of Health (DoH) criminal record screening application (see below).
Interstate applicants must apply through their respective State Authority. Overseas applicants must apply through the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
How to apply for a National Police Certificate

Note: we do not accept certificates obtained through Crimtrac, CV Check or FIT 2 Work - these are not National Police Certificates.
Valid for three years.
Department of Health Criminal Record Screening
Time: Six weeks
Note: Students must apply for National Police Certificate (NPC) first and attach to this application. There is no charge* when NPC is attached to the DoH application.
A Department of Health (DoH) criminal record screening (this also includes National Police Certificate) is required before attending any placements.DoH Application FormValid for three years
Working with Children
Time: Takes at least one month to process. New Application (pre-signed) Forms are to be obtained from School Reception upon proof of ID and then presented to a designated Post Office with all relevant documentation and photo (which can be taken by Post Office staff).

A receipt will be provided and the WWC card will be forwarded to you once processed. Photocopy the WWC receipt and submit to the Clinical Support Office in the interim. Once you receive your WWC card, submit a photocopy of your WWC card and submit to the Clinical Support Office.
A Working with Children Check is a new national criminal record check that is compulsory for people who carry out child related work in WA. Working with Children Checks are very different from Department of Health Criminal Record screening and the National Police Certificate. The Working with Children Check considers convictions for all offences, and charges for a limited range of serious offences, to see if an applicant has a criminal history that may place children at risk of harm. Apply for this screen when you are 18 years.Working With Children
All Renewal Applications must be done online:
Register for online services

Australia Post website
Valid for three years

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Health Screening

Check with each provider for the current cost.

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INFORMATION / HOW TO OBTAINREQUIREMENTSADDITIONAL INFORMATION /
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Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis
Time: Single dose
Note: International students need health insurance.
If you are not immune to one or more of the illnesses, or if you have not had a booster injection, you will need the 'Boostrix' or 'Adace' vaccine. NB ADT is not a suitable vaccine as it does not include Pertussis (Whooping Cough)Immunisation InformationStudents are advised to have a booster as most will not have had any protection for pertussis since infancy and this may have waned.
Hepatitis B
Time: Takes seven months in total.
Note: International students need health insurance.
If you are not immune to hepatitis B you will need three vaccinations. Vaccination is a series of three injections with one month between the 1st and 2nd and then five months between the 2nd and last injection. (Post-vaccination serological testing is required four weeks after the third dose of Hepatitis B vaccine to ascertain immune/carrier status.)Immunisation InformationImmune forever once proven serologically.
Influenza
Time: Single dose
Note: International students need health insurance.
Annual dose required from March each year.Immunisation Information
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Time: Single dose
Note: International students need health insurance.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella is a single vaccine (MMR). Adults who have never had measles, or who were born after 1966 and have never been vaccinated may require vaccination. If records cannot be provided proving immunity to one or more of the illnesses, a booster injection will be required. Results available after seven days Immunisation InformationOnce proven immune or you have had a booster dose, you can be considered immune forever.
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus)
Time: One week from swab.
Note: International students need health insurance.
It is a requirement of the enabling Agreement that all clinical students have an MRSA clearance if you have worked in a clinical area or been a patient in a hospital outside Western Australia within the past 12 months. Immunisation InformationWill need to repeat whenever you have been in clinical setting outside WA
Tuberculosis
Time: One visit.
Curtin University Health Services offers a blood (Quantiferon Gold) screening test. To make an appointment phone (08) 9266 7345 or visit Bldg 109 on Bentley Campus.
Test must be taken before 11.30amImmunisation InformationMay need to consider re-doing if you have been at risk of exposure (eg, clinical setting outside Australia). It is advisable to see your doctor to discuss this.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Time: Two injections, six weeks apart.
Note: International students need health insurance.
14 years of age or older require two doses of varicella vaccine. If you are not immune you will need the vaccinations (2nd vaccination required one month after the 1st). Immunisation InformationOnce proven immune or you have had 2 doses of the vaccine, you can be considered immune forever.

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Other requirements

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INFORMATION / HOW TO OBTAINREQUIREMENTSADDITIONAL INFORMATION /
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Basic Life Support
Time: 1/2 day - 1 dayAll Students require a current nationally accredited Basic Life Support Certificate prior to attending Clinical Practice.
New students require a current nationally accredited Basic Life Support Certificate prior to commencing the course.
Agencies that offer the course include: IntelliLearn, Medical Hand and Scope Training.
Note: we do not accept certificates obtained through online courses.
Must be updated annually (from date obtained).
Manual Handling
Time: 1/2 day - 1 dayAll students require a current nationally accredited Manual Handling Certificate prior to attending Clinical Practice.
New students require a current nationally accredited Manual Handling Certificate prior to commencing the course.
Agencies that offer the course: IntelliLearn, Healthcare Australia, RTS Training, Scope Training
Note: we do not accept certificates obtained through online courses.
Must be updated annually (from date obtained).
Student Guidelines Declaration
Form to be completed, signed and returned to the Clinical Support Office with all other documentation.Students must sign a form which states that they are aware of, and have read, the School of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Requirements. Student Guidelines Declaration FormOnce signed at commencement of course, it is valid for the duration of the entire course

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